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Leicestershire teacher becomes Educaterers’ first ‘Bake-Off’ champion

30th Nov 2021 - 06:00
School caterers Educaterers announced the winner of their first ever ‘Bake-Off’ competition as Emma Beasley, a teacher at St Margaret’s C of E Primary School.

Educaterers invited colleagues from their own catering teams and from the schools to which they provide meals to send in videos of them baking their very own sweet or savoury Bonfire Party Cakes to try and impress the competition judges.

The school caterer selected three people to compete in a live final, which took place on Thursday 25th November at Boughton Leigh Junior School in Rugby.

The finalists included:

  • Siobhan Adams, a mobile catering assistant for Educaterers, who became a competition finalist with her bonfire party pumpkin bread, made a three-layered lemon and caramel cake decorated as a snowy scene with white chocolate Christmas trees and detailed snowflakes in the final.
  • Sylwia Lepianka, from Paddox Primary School in Rugby, entered the competition with a strawberry and caramel bonfire cake, and went on to make a Raffaelo coconut cake with a skier stuck in the snow in the final.
  • Emma Beasley, a teacher at St Margaret’s C of E Primary School in Stoke Golding, Leicestershire was selected to be a finalist after making a sparkling ginger parkin, and then went on to make a Norwegian style city scape ginger sponge with gingerbread houses and honey and cinnamon buttercream.

Caroline Alexander, managing director at Educaterers and lead judge, said: “When we decided to hold this competition, we knew we had some amazing bakers out in our business, but I never imagined we would end up with three such incredible finalists who delivered the most spectacular and delicious showstopper cakes.

“The competition has been such a success that we plan to make it an annual event and look forward to showcasing the baking talents of our amazing school cooks for many years to come.”

The competition’s sponsor Blakemore Foodservice were at the final to present the three finalists with shopping vouchers in recognition of their achievements.

Written by
Edward Waddell